Kittens like Fergus grow fast. One minute, they're small enough to sit inside the palm of your hand, and they rely on you for everything from feeding to cleaning to moving around. The next minute, they're walking, climbing and jumping. And the baby scale you used to measure their weight isn't big enough for their heads, much less their whole bodies.
All of this growth requires fuel. As a result, most experts say kittens should eat as much as they want to eat. I try to follow this plan, but sometimes, my little hedonistic kitten takes things a little too far. Case in point.
Fergus is whipped and fat here because he ate his first breakfast helping, followed by a second breakfast helping I provided. Then, he broke into his sister Maggie's room and polished off her only breakfast. That's a ton of food for a little kitty! And he spent a lot of the rest of the morning sleeping like this.
Cats aren't dogs, and unlike dogs, most cats will stop eating when they're full. But clearly, there are some kittens out there in the world that simply don't know when to push away from the table and stop with the chowing!
The solution: Offering smaller meals more frequently. At this point, I'd been feeding Fergus just 3 times per day. Clearly, when it was time for chow, he was so darn hungry that he binged. It didn't hurt him necessarily, but it can't have felt really wonderful.
Now, he gets meals 4-5 times per day, and sometimes, he gets a little snack in the middle of the night too. Those frequent meals help to give him the nourishment he needs, without leaving him looking like a beached whale.
That's better for everyone, right Fergus?
How often do you feed your critters? Leave me a note in the comments section, won't you?
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